I'm interested in taking up leather craft as a small hobby as I've some up with some ideas, and questions, for my first project.
If you see attached, I've made a template for a passport wallet.
1) Cut out a 228x137mm rectangle and bevel all 8 edges.
The purple box in the middle is the size of a (UK) passport.
2) Groove a line 4mm from the edge, top and bottom, front and back.
3) Groove (or crease?) (single or twin) a line in the centre for the wallet to fold and the same at each end so the leather will fold over the end pages of the passport.
4) Run a stitching wheel along the groves on the front of the wallet.
5) Hand stitch along both lines using one of the great information to guide me available on this site.
Does anyone thing any of these steps are completely crazy or have any suggestions to make?
Now I have a few questions about the leather and tools I need:
- I understand I'll need thick leather to bevel the edges, and that is the heavy duty look I'm going for. Is that 'wrong' to make a wallet of like that?
- If not, can someone recommend the sort of leather I should be looking for. I think I want full grain, un-dyed leather that will look better with age.
- I understand I need to match thread, needle and awl size. Any recommendations for if I were to do 5SP